New Kindle Fire Project
Here are three things that are true:
1) I require an enormous amount of intellectual stimulation, which is why I often try to watch movies and listen to music while playing video games (sometimes also with a book open).
2) I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas, and it has movie-watching capabilities.
3) Watching movies on a Kindle while having it propped up on a little stand or something is kind of lame.
Here is my solution.
Tensor Lamp. $20 at Staples. This one is good, because it has the little knobs that let you tighten, and thus increase the tension, at the joints. You can probably get a cheaper one — or a cheaper something similar — at a thrift store, but I was already out.
I pulled the light socket out of it. First because I was a little worried about weight. Second, because I wanted access to its power cord. You do this by unscrewing the switch at the back with a pair of pliers, then yanking on the socket until you have enough slack to clip the wires out.
Then I found this thing. In retrospect, this whole stage-two of the plan I could have done a little differently, but I didn’t want to spend any more money than I already had, so I just used things I found in the house. Like this plastic cube with holes in it! That’s picture wire, incidentally, which (even though I gorilla glued the shit out of this sucker) I used for extra stability. Good luck that the thing fit pretty snugly into the lamp.
This part, you could easily do if you bought a Kindle carrying case (Jeanine got me the one that I have for $10 on eBay, but it was a Valentine’s gift so I didn’t want to wreck it). Instead, I cut up a hardcover book (First Lord’s Fury, by Jim Butcher). The bottom is three strips of hardcover material, topped by a fourth layer that ‘s about a half an inch wider. There’s a stop all the way to the right, and the top is a piece of elastic I found lying around and glued down.
This is my cat, being super fucking annoying. Like, as soon as I try to do anything at my desk, suddenly she’s all PAY ATTENTION TO ME, WHY AREN’T YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO ME? But if I try to pet her, she bites me. What the fuck?
So, after that, I threaded the picture wire through my hardcover-book holder, through the little plastic cube, and then gorilla glued the whole thing in to the lamp socket, which I attached to the desk.
Kindle Armature, media mode.
And Kindle Armature, Twitter mode.
The next step is just to paint the whole thing black; the holder doesn’t cover the Kindle screen at all, but the blue and white is a little distracting. And after that: the tensor lamp has an interior cord that runs through the armature. I’m going to strip the end and wire the socket-end of an extension cord to it, so that I can plug my Kindle charger directly into the lamp’s power cord.